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New Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2008 is available

The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services 2008, which highlights recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force), contains evidence-based recommendations that have been adapted for a pocket-size book, making it easier for clinicians to consult the recommendations in their daily practice. The Task Force is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

In addition to previous recommendations, this year's Guide provides new Task Force recommendations released during 2007 on aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the primary prevention of colorectal cancer; screening for carotid artery stenosis; screening for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease using spirometry; counseling about proper use of motor vehicle occupant restraints and avoidance of alcohol use while driving; screening for illicit drug use; screening for lipid disorders in children; and screening for sickle cell disease in newborns. Recommendations are presented in an indexed, easy-to-use format, with at-a-glance charts.

The pocket guide is available in several formats on the Web at http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/pocketgd.htm. Single print copies are also available from the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse.

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